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I'm hosting my mother and my sister this year. We've decided to really change it up and do a roast leg of lamb.

Getting a nice fresh 6 lb.'er ... fresh rosemary, garlic, and very light seasonings ... done!
 
Mixey ... fun idea to move the bar down to the studio. It'll encourage less productivity, but then again you won't care as much...  lol
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SEEM'S LIKE SOME ONE IS GONNA MISS MY GREAT INTERVIEW ON SATURDAY NOV 29   I AM HAVING WITH CHOICE AND ANGEL RISSOFF.........OH WELL!!!!Tongue
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I WILL GO BY MY DAUGTHER'S TO EAT AND PLAY WITH THEIR NEW PUPPY (PIXIE) ....BOY AM I BORING!!!.....I NEED TO GET A LIFE OTHER THEN DJ .....LADY DEE

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LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL Lady Dee.  You never know, MM might stay home just for you.Smile
 
Sounds like everyone is looking forward to turkey day.  I know I am.  It's probably my favorite holiday because it doesn't suffer from the over-commercialization Christmas does.
 
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        I may have to cook a turkey, besides the duck,...but I
 will wait a week to buy the turkey, and save some money.
     I hope this plan works out. I like most all forms of poultry...
 even goose,Capons,Pheasent, cornish hens, etc
    Ducks top the list for me !!!Tongue
 
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Maybe I will be around Saturday but I am not so sure. In addition to hanging with my friends, another buddy of mine sent me an email yesterday about another gathering going on that night, we'll see

Jeff that lamb sounds good, can I come over, I'll only stay a month lol
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Come on down, MM! That would be cool.
 
We'll get into some seriously good food ... there's no end to that here. We'll do some serious chilling ... I'll take you for a drag around Philly, after which we'll end up at "D Street" where you can meet Geno! And then we'll stay up all night having fun over there ... which has been known to happen.
 
Just plan for taking a few days off after that.   lol
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I'm looking into buying a Dutch oven and playing around with my Thanksgiving menu.

Any advice on a good new Dutch oven?  I know about caring for cast iron.  I wish I had a truly seasoned pot.
 
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Mixey I got a buddy of mine whose nickname is Dutch, you want me to ask him lol.

Yeah I actually like this holiday, like it better than Christmas.
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         Mixey,
 As much as you like fatty foods and grease, in order to season a new
 cast Iron Dutch oven, It may take you 15 years. I think a high quality
 new coated version would better fit your cooking needs. However,
 the cast iron versions hold the heat and disperse it  in a more uniform manner.
    Down side.... they are heavy as hell, but do the job great.
  
       A tip for anyone cooking their own turkey this year.
  If you don't want the breast meat to be dry, when loading
 the turkey with dressing, flip the bird upside-down, and place
 a whole stick of butter inside the cavity next to the breast meat.
  Add all  the stuffing to fill up the bird, and prepare to roast it.
  Cover the wings with aluminum foil, so they don't brown too much.
       Butter contains 70% water, and you don't have to worry
 about the butter making the dressing greasy. It won't happen.
    My Father-in-law taught me this trick. He was ninety six
 years old at his death. He was right about the stick of butter.
   The breast meat on his turkeys were always moist and great.
  He cooked hundreds of turkeys in his days, and knew the plan.
 Trust me, his trick won't ruin your turkey... it may save it.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote M I X E Y Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 23 2008 at 3:22pm
Toad...
 
What's with the I like fatty foods and grease?  Oh I guess you meant to season the pot... lol.  OK... the coated version it is then. 
 
There are earthenware ones too.  hummmm Maybe I'll make my own, instead. 
 
If you take 3 parts of salt and 1 part flour and mix it with water and roll it out into an inedible dough, you can wrap food in it, sealed tight... and it becomes a Dutch oven, when you bake it. 
 
The only thing is, you have to wrap the food in something like oiled aluminum foil, to keep it from touching the "dough" or the food will be too salty. Then you break the food free from the hot "boulder" with a pick and hammer.  I'm wondering if oiled paper will work as well.  Maybe I'll try that.
 
MM... you can ask your friend Dutch... and we can ask Double Dutch Geno too.  lol
 
The stick of butter inside an upsidedown turkey sounds logical Toad, but I think Mom might freak if I try this.  Maybe not.  I'll ask her.
 
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M I X E Y Wrote:

"Geeeeeeennnnnnnoooooooooo......... I'm having a 3 person Thanksgiving as opposed to you and your 5,000 relatives. lol"



Yes, Mixey, as You know quite well, it will be another "normal"
— Leone/Galasso Family Thanksgiving Gathering —
this year... And This Year will make it our 55th Year of our traditional sit down "Leone/Galasso Family Thanksgiving Dinner".

This all started when I was two years old... i come from a close, large Italian family, my Dad has lots of Brothers and Sisters & Aunts and Uncles...



(I'm 2 yrs old... playing on the floor somewhere I think, out of sight in right side of the pic! *LoL*)
We all grew up with this on Thanksgiving, ... and especially me, thinking that everyone had 50 or 60 relatives for "Thanksgiving Sit Down Dinner" this way. *LoL*

(Yo Cousin Donna (manifoldgrace) help me out over here! *LoL* (She grew up with this with me too!) *LoL*

We would hold Thanksgiving Day at whomever's house was "big enough" at that time to fit everybody around one, connected table.

–Here was The Annual Thanksgiving at my Mom & Dad's in 2000...






The families all kept growing over the years!

In 2003, my Mom passed away just before the 50th Thanksgiving Celebration. She would have loved to have seen this one.

The 50th, well, It had outgrown simply having it in someone's home in the family, so we now have to rent a hall...
and ALL of the food is home cooked, and brought there...
and as one might imagine... the food... OMG! it is through the roof good!

Also back in 2003
(pictured larger below),
NBC News covered our "50th Leone/Galasso Thanksgiving Anniversary Family Dinner Celebration"... that one... I think was 80 or 90 people for sit down.... we even had T Shirts printed up *LoL*.

I honestly can't easily imagine doing anything else on Thanksgiving Day... other than seeing all of my aunts, uncles, cousins, immediate and extended families for Thanksgiving Dinner...

~Happy Thanksgiving 2008 & Much Love To All~
Geno
— Here's The Leone/Galasso Family Thanksgiving Gathering 2003 — (after dinner, and everybody from the family is not even in this picture! *LoL*



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 I'm celebrating Thanksgiving at my Son's Home with my two adorable grand babies. Life is Good! This has always been my favorite holiday; just have to cook, eat, enjoy Family & Thank God for our Blessings ~ Nora Smile

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 Toad, I know how You feel, I live in "Eagles Territory"!  Smile
 Mixey, keep that bar stocked, You never know when You'll need it! Wink  ~Nora
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           My duck is in the oven. In about 3 hours, I will eat the
little sucker untill I go into a coma. I added a little sage-laced pork
 sausage to the dressing while I was making it.
      I boiled the neck,liver, and all other internal pieces in a pot
 containing chicken broth. I will make the gravy from this elixer,
and the duck drippings from the bottom of the broiler pan.
     I must skim off a lot of the duck grease, before making the gravy.
   Duck gravy is the best poultry gravy you will ever taste.
 If I were a rich man, I would eat roast duck every Sunday untill
 I punch out. I love the stuff.Tongue
 
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We've got some cookin' men & women here in the village!!!

Winetender, that bar is in storage right now, awaiting its new home at the studio... but I might have to mix up something ahead of time anyway.
 
I made beef stew today.  We're doing the turkey tomorrow.
 
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Yesterday was turkey day, and mommy made the usual turkey and dressing along with a green bean casserole, greens, a ham, noodles, bread rolls, mashed potatoes and gravy, and three pies(the pies were store bought).
 
 
Tomorrow is "friendsgiving".  In other words more food.Smile
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Sounds like fun everyone.
 
We had shrimp and cheese and crackers before.
 
Next, turkey, mashed potatoes, twice baked potatoes, boiled onions, turnip/squash mixture, green bean casserole, stuffing, gravy, tossed salad and macaroni salad.
 
We had 4 desserts - apple pie, pumpkin romelade, a mint chocolate molten cake and stella doros stuffed with a mixture of whipped cream, cream cheese and crushed pineapple.
 
I had ate everything and had all four desserts with coffee to keep me awake.  LOL!  Came home with 10 more stella doros that are all gone now.LOL
 
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OMG that sounds so good... MM and Dream.

Dream... What are twice baked potatoes?  and pumpkin romelade?  The stella doros sound incredible... yummmm

MM... What kind of noodles?  I'm living vicareously and I need to know details.  lol

Toad... I've got duck on my mind now and Jeff's lamb and rosemary.

Geno... How many dishes did you guys put together this year.  It's 3:15 PM out here and I still have not eaten... can you tell?  lol

Wintender... It'll be a treat when I can say that I'm going to my son's for dinner.  Right now, everything is so upsidedown that my son is living at the construction site more than he's at his apartment.  He's a good cook.  He's made some incredible roasts.  I wish he'd get back into that!

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           I must agree with Mixey on Dream's stella doros,,, they sound
 real cheerful.
        
         Mixey,
   If you ever had a good twice-baked potato,that was done-up right,
 you would freak !  They are very special, and almost a meal by themselves.  If you traveled back to the "East side".... Between
 Dream's lobsters, stella doro's, My duck w/oysters, Mickey's noodles,
 and Geno's deck burgers and goodies... we could put 50 lbs. on you
 in short order.  Turn your metabalism inside-out.
     You would have to stay through the winter to handle all those
  calories, and use them up trying to stay warm.
       Freezing your ass off has benifits.... It allows you to eat food
 that would kill people that live in warm climates !!!
 
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